Friends. Not the show.

This past year has given me some of the best of friends. Something that has not really been in my life since high school so 2009ish. I didn’t have the normal college life. Lived at home or drove to school and worked a full time job so making friends outside of class didn’t happen much. I had plenty in class but outside of the classroom it just wasn’t happening. Fast forward to 2020 and cov*d.

Working from home for a good 6 months gave me a lot of time to start some new hobbies. One hobby or addiction is Call of Duty : Warzone and the other is film photography. I got a new film camera and now shoot tons of film. At this time, I was doing wedding videos, where I worked with local photographers and that lead us to Warzone talk and playing and now I play with a group of friends multiple times a week and we all talk everyday. Friendship was built on the interest of a game. We play, we talk and have real friendships from a game. It’s unreal really but its a blessing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

That group splits off to multiple friendships where we can talk about each others specifics interests, whether that is gaming, photography, travel, food…whatever really. One friendship with another photographer has lead us to meeting up multiple times a week to talk about life and photography and often go shoot some film. This doesn’t even go into how much my brothers and I have become more than just brothers during this time. We play warzone weekly together, we catch up and talk and it’s given us a better relationship as friends and brothers. They might not see it but we used to be just brothers. Our friendship and brotherhood started to get stronger years ago when we all moved to Dodge City,Kansas but gaming allows us to talk and not just send tik toks or memes to eachother. Onward…

This story or post has so much information and detail left out but i know when I come back to my blog next year or 10 years down the road, I will see this and remember the friendships I had at this moment that I am beyond thankful for. The reason I write this is because for years, I have had friendship that just falter over time and I would put in time to stay in touch, meet up with them, try to make time to hang out and they’ve usually just ended with time. I said recently, I am done trying and putting time into friendships that are so one sided. I am mentally in a better place not trying to make those friendships work because I look at the recent ones that I have build and are maintained with a mutual effort from both sides.

End of my jumbled blog.

Published by dereklivingston9

I am a freelance photographer and full-time videographer.

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